By Wendy Byerly Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
March 17, 2014
PILOT MOUNTAIN — The town of Pilot Mountain has a new town manager, after the commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon on their choice for the job.
Amanda Reid was tapped for the post following the resignation of Homer Dearmin, who began his new role as city manager in King Monday.
Reid’s salary will be $60,000, and she serves a six month trial before she is permanent, reported Mayor Earl Sheppard. Her first day on the job will be April 14.
The commissioners held interviews with their top five finalists Feb. 26, after beginning its review of applications Feb. 10.
“It was a long process. We started with 38 applications and interviewed five people, and they were all very qualified. The board selected Amanda. She comes highly recommended and has had two or more years managing a town. We look forward to having her here,” said Sheppard after the vote Monday.
Reid is not new to municipal government. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning and a master’s degree in public administration.
Her local government experience includes work with the towns of Marshville and Cramerton and she served as management advisor for three communities in Burke County. She has professional experience in community planning, downtown redevelopment, grant writing and administration, and financial, utility and capital project management.
“I look forward to meeting and working with the citizens of Pilot Mountain and appreciate the confidence that Mayor Sheppard and the board of commissioners have placed in me,” said Reid.
A native of Youngsville, a small town north of Raleigh, Reid said, “The opportunity to serve small towns appeals to me because I can relate to the area, people, opportunities and concerns. I appreciate that connection with the community that you can have in a small town.”
She said she believes in being an active member of the community and looks forward to the opportunity to define goals with different community members and organizations.
With a start date of April 14, her first regular board of commissioners meeting will be April 28.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.